Tata Motors, the country's largest automobile manufacturer, has unveiled an exciting new version of its Aria crossover at the '13 Geneva Motor Show. The showcased Tata Aria model featured some interesting specs like a more powerful and retuned engine coupled to an automatic transmission gear-box. Sources suggest that Tata Motors could launch the Aria automatic somewhere in the later half of 2013 calendar year.
The Tata Aria model showcased at this year's Geneva auto show comes with a variety of cosmetic additions, including dual tone paint on its exteriors, daytime running lights, headlamps with black inserts, tail lamp inserts, 19-inch alloys and leather seats. However, the crossover's tweaked DiCOR engine and automatic transmission system hogged all the limelight in Geneva.
Coming to under-the-hood specifications, the Tata Aria crossover is powered with a 2.2 litre DiCOR powertrain, complete with a new turbocharger and retuned engine ECU. The end result was an impressive power jump from the previous 138 bhp to 158 bhp, along with a breathtaking torque increase from 320 Nm to 400 Nm. Further, the drive train of Aria features the company's first ever automatic gear-box system- a General Motors-sourced six-speed automatic transmission. Evidently, the enhanced power and torque performance coupled to an automatic transmission could set Aria apart from its competition, if it is launched in the country.
At present, the Tata Aria competes against the likes of Toyota Innova and Mahindra XUV500 in the Indian passenger car market. The sales in the segment are mostly recorded by Innova and XUV500 models, with Aria contributing a 'not-so' impressive share. Hence, a powerful and automatic capable Tata Aria seems like an interesting new proposition for the domestic market with many Indian enthusiasts eagerly waiting for its launch in the country.